The Battle of Franklin: When the Devil Had Full Possession of the Earth

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The History Press, 2009 - History - 158 pages
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In late November 1864, the last Southern army east of the Mississippi that was still free to maneuver started out from northern Alabama on the Confederacy’s last offensive. John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee had dreams of capturing Nashville and marching on to the Ohio River, but a small Union force under Hood’s old West Point roommate stood between him and the state capital. In a desperate attempt to smash John Schofield’s line at Franklin, Hood threw most of his men against the Union works, centered on the house of a family named Carter, and lost 30 percent of his attacking force in one afternoon, crippling his army and setting it up for a knockout blow at Nashville two weeks later. With firsthand accounts, letters and diary entries from the Carter House Archives, local historian James R. Knight paints a vivid picture of this gruesome conflict.
  

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The best book I have every read about the Battle in Franklin. I live in Franklin and it really was interesting the different points of interest. I have read a lot of books on the Civil War and it is one of the best! Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
The Farmer and the General
9
The Confederate Army of Tennessee
15
Working the Plan
21
Changing the Plan
27
Tennessees a Grave or a Free Home
35
Spring Hill
43
Breakfast at Rippavilla
51
Dying Like Men
71
Into the Belly of the Beast
77
The Morning After
91
The Death of Hoods Army
103
The Commanders
111
Order of Battle
123
Notes
151
About the Author
159

No Turning Back
55
It Is a Mistake
65

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About the author (2009)

James R. Knight is a graduate of Harding University, 1967. He spent five years as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying the C-130E, and thirty-one years as a pilot for Federal Express, flying the Dassault DA-20 Falcon, the Boeing 727 and the McDonnell Douglass DC-10. In the early '90s, he began researching a historical incident in his hometown and published his first work, an article in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly in 1997. In 2003, Eakin Press published his biography of two Texas outlaws titled Bonnie and Clyde: A 21st Century Update. In 2007, he published the story and correspondence of a Confederate cavalryman from Tennessee titled Letters to Anna. This is his second work in The History Press's Sesquicentennial Series, having written The Battle of Franklin in 2009. Knight retired from Federal Express in 2004 and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, where he works part time as a historical interpreter for the Battle of Franklin Trust. When not encouraging visitor at the Carter House to relive some moments of the Battle of Franklin, he sings on the worship team at church, collects historical documents and artifacts and occasionally drives around in his restored 1934 Ford V-8. He and his wife, Judy, and have three children and six grandchildren.